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Monster Mash: 9/11 museum stalls; Frank Gehry center advances

December 30, 2011 |  7:54 am

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Delayed: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the planned Sept. 11 museum has ground to a halt because of a financial dispute, and there is now no possibility it will open on time next year. (Associated Press)

Fundraising: A board of directors has been named for the Frank Gehry-designed performing-arts center planned for the World Trade Center site in New York. (Wall Street Journal)

Busted: A French graffiti artist has been arrested on suspicion of tagging subway trains in New York. (New York Daily News)

Circle is closed: The Las Vegas run of the stage musical "The Lion King" at Mandalay Bay Theatre is scheduled to play its final performance Friday. (Playbill)

Not giving up: Andrew Lloyd Webber has expressed a wish to take "Love Never Dies," the sequel to "Phantom of the Opera," on tour in Canada. (Sydney Morning Herald)

But worried: Lloyd Webber says London's Olympic Games will force most of the capital's theaters to close for the summer. (Associated Press)

Leadership role: Conductor James Conlon, who serves as music director of L.A. Opera, has been named an honorary board member of the Great Artists Series in Florida. (Miami Herald)

Embezzlement?: A former director of the Lewis County Historical Museum in Washington is suspected of stealing funds from the organization. (Seattle Times)

Passing: James Rizzi, a New York-born and based pop artist best known for his playful and childlike three-dimensional sculptures, has died at 61.

Also in the L.A. Times: An Art Center alumnus says he created the stylized flower that is the Tournament of Roses' logo.

-- David Ng

Photo: Visitors walk around the site of the former World Trade Center in New York. Credit: Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

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